Personal Safety

Drink Awareness

Make sure your night is memorable for all the right reasons. REMEMBER…

  • Avoid drinks that you have not seen being poured, and never leave a drink unattended
  • Keep to well-lit areas when walking between pubs and clubs
  • Never go home with strangers. Stay with your friends when you’re out, and make sure you all go home together
  • Avoid legal highs-  Legal doesn’t mean safe Side effects caused by legal drugs can be the same as illegal drugs, and they can be as addictive too


Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline
Freephone: 0808 808 2234 Or text DAN to: 81066 See more at:


Laptops, tablets and mobile phones are must have items for criminals, as well as students. Just think about losing all that work on your computer, and those contacts stored on your phone – not good! Be sensible with your gadgets and keep them safe and secure…

  • Carry your laptop around only when you have to. Keep it hidden out of sight securely in your bag and never leave it unattended.
  • Make sure your laptop is marked using a UV pen with a postcode, house number, student number and university initials. Also activate or download tracking devices on your phones and laptops.
  • Be sensible when using your mobile in public – don’t have it on show unnecessarily.
  • Keep a record of your phone IMEI number, which is a unique code usually found behind your phone battery. If your phone does get stolen, be sure to cancel it with your network provider. This will block the SIM card.

Register all your possessions for free on, and mark your property with a UV pen – this will help us return items to you if they get lost or stolen.

Register all your possessions for free on


There are two types of licensed taxi vehicle in Cardiff – Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles. Both types require a licence from the Council to operate legally. Find out more about the different types of taxis here.

Never get into an unlicensed vehicle. Try not to travel alone but if you do, always sit behind the driver.

Safe taxi scheme – If you are a Cardiff University or Cardiff Metropolitan University student and do not have money on you to get home, you can use the Safe Taxi Scheme. Find out more on your Student Union website:

Personal Safety

Although incidents are uncommon, there are ways you can avoid making yourself an easy target for criminals …

  • Get a personal safety alarm to carry with you when you’re out. Speak to your university policing team or SU welfare officer for advice.
  • If you’re out walking alone, stick to busy, well-lit areas. Avoid risky shortcuts through alleys and deserted areas.
  • Plan ahead. Know where you are going, how you are getting there and who you are meeting. Always plan your return journey, and inform friends of your whereabouts.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Remember that chatting on the phone or listening to music can distract you from what’s going on around you.
  • Walk confidently and avoid carrying too much at any one time. Always try to keep one hand free.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger or someone you do not know well – no matter how tired, wet or late you are.
Always report any incidents to the police, because this could stop it happening to other students

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